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Spring commencement ceremonies begin Friday

Commencement ceremonies for spring graduates of the University of North Texas will begin with 702 doctoral and master’s students graduating at 3 p.m. Friday.

They are some of the 4,000 graduates who will participate in five ceremonies Friday and Saturday, all at the UNT Coliseum, 600 Ave. D.

The undergraduate ceremonies are scheduled as follows:

7 p.m. Friday: College of Education and College of Business

9 a.m. Saturday: College of Arts and Sciences

1 p.m. Saturday: College of Visual Arts and Design, Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, College of Music and College of Information

5 p.m. Saturday: College of Engineering and College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Workshop planned for swim coaches

Coaches of high school, club and amateur swim teams will attend a one-day workshop at UNT on May 17 to learn how to enhance strategies and training plans for athletes.

The workshop, “Implementing an Effective Swim Coaching Strategy: Mental and Physical Approaches,” is designed for swim coaches as part of the UNT Coach Workshop Series.

Speakers include Brendon Bray, head coach of UNT’s swim team, and Matt Atkins, assistant director for sports psychology services in the center.

Workshop registration costs $90 through Monday at, and same-day registration is $115.

The workshop will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 in Room 110 of the UNT Business Leadership Building, 1307 W. Highland St.

Student veteran earns $3,000 scholarship

David Smith, a combat veteran and biology and chemistry double major at UNT, was awarded a $3,000 scholarship from the TDF Foundation Veterans Scholarship.

The award will help pay for his summer trip to Germany, where he will present his research that looks at the cellular effects of multiple brain trauma.

Smith is set to graduate in December 2014.

University to register official tartan

The winning student-designed tartan by UNT senior Casey Heidt has been sent to the Scottish Register of Tartans for consideration as the university’s official tartan.

A tartan is a design that creates a plaid pattern with vertical and horizontal colored stripes, and traditionally helped identify Scottish clans.

To mark the university’s upcoming 125th anniversary, the school held a contest for students to design the pattern, which will eventually be made and used to produce scarves, blankets and other merchandise.

Social work student earns Gaupp award

Jordan Holley, a senior social work major, was given the Fannie Belle Gaupp Outstanding Student Award by the UNT social work program.

While at UNT, he has worked with Denton County Friends of the Family, a domestic violence and sexual assault center, served as a student representative to the National Association of Social Work and held leadership roles in two on-campus social work groups.

He also created a career fair for social work students at UNT and Texas Woman’s University. After graduation Saturday, Holley will enroll at Texas Christian University to pursue a master’s degree.